Bird shaped bowl Werkstatte Hagenauer ca. 1930

SKU 738

Small bird shaped footed bowl, Werkstatte Hagenauer Vienna, ca. 1930, polished brass, marked

  • Height: 16cm, Width: 27cm, Depth: 12cm
  • 1930 to 1935
    Epoch: Art Deco
    Technique: brass, partly chased, polished
    Provenance: Private collection, Switzerland
    marked with “MADE IN/AUSTRIA” and “wHw” in the circle bib.: comp. Olga Kronsteiner in Monika Wenzl-Bachmeier (ed.), „Hagenauer – Wiener Moderne und Neue Sachlichkeit“ (Hagenauer – Viennese Modernism and New Realism), exhibition catalogue, Vienna, 2011, p. 43
    5.500,00 VAT inclusive
    SKU 738

    Among the animal statuettes produced by Werkstatte Hagenauer, stylized bird sculptures form a chapter of their own. Their first designs can be dated back to the 1930s and were mainly created by Karl Hagenauer.

    As with this small bird bowl, playful natural forms are combined with abstracted reduction. With only two, albeit greatly reduced elements, the natural model is clearly depicted, and thus a chased beak head and a hammered feather tail transform the simple goblet into a delightful little bird.

    Its expressive design is enhanced by the high quality of handicraft, which the Werkstatte Hagenauer was famous for.


    Werkstätte Hagenauer – stylistic evolution and importance

    Today, the Werkstatte Hagenauer is rightfully among the most important Austrian Arts & Crafts manufacturers of the 20th century. The clear, strict formal language combined with dynamic poses and the usage of brass, nickel-plated, patinated or bare, along with copper, alpaca and exotic wood shows a high level of recognition.

    However, it took the siblings Karl and Franz Hagenauer quite some time until they developed their own unique style. Karl and Franz both attended the Vienna School of Arts & Crafts and studied under Josef Hoffmann, Oskar Strnad, Anton Hanak and Dagobert Peche.

    Until the closure of the Werkstatte Hagenauer on December 30, 1987, art objects of outstanding quality were still being produced. The siblings Karl and Franz Hagenauer strongly contributed in coining the term „design“ through their legacy and are surely among the most influential Austrian artists of the 20th century.


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